The Church Fathers on Transubstantiation

Another terrific essay on one of my favorite websites, Called to Communion. Authored to Tim A. Troutman, it begins this way: This article is intended to be a resource showing the support for the doctrine of Transubstantiation in the Church fathers, and not a robust defense of the doctrine as defined by the Council of Trent. The Church fathers did not believe in a mere spiritual presence of Christ alongside or in the elements (bread and wine). This can be shown by three different types of … [Read more...]

Was Aquinas a Proto-Protestant?

That is the title of my latest column at The Catholic Thing. It is a very brief summary of the paper I delivered in November at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society in Atlanta, "Doting Thomists: Evangelicals, Thomas Aquinas, and Justification."  Here's how The Catholic Thing column begins. Catholics are often surprised to learn that there are Evangelical Protestants who claim to be Thomists.  When I was a Protestant, I was one of them. What attracts these Evangelicals … [Read more...]

More than meets the eye?: Dinesh D’Souza’s presidential photo

(HT: Carl Trueman). According to Michael McClenahan, "The King’s College, an evangelical college in Manhattan, is officially distributing this photograph of the inauguration of their fifth President, Dinesh D’Souza." (Click presidential photo below for full size). If you look closely, the portrait on the wall behind President D'Souza is that of St. Thomas More. This is immensely interesting given the controversy over whether or not President D'Souza is or is not a Catholic. (See my comments … [Read more...]

My review of Abortion: Three Perspectives, by Tooley, Wolf-Devine, Devine, and Jaggar

I recently published this review in the journal Faith &  Philosophy 27.4 (2010): 478-482.  Here's how it begins: It has been nearly four decades since the U.S. Supreme Court held that there is a right to abortion protected by the U.S. Constitution. Yet, the question ofabortion’s moral and legal permissibility, and all the attendant issues about the nature of law, human persons, and morality, continue to be seriously (and sometimes not so seriously) engaged in the public … [Read more...]

The King James Bible and the World It Made, 1611-2011: a conference of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion

Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion is hosting a major conference April 7-9, 2011, The King James Bible and the World It Made, 1611-2011. Confirmed speakers include: Robert Alter (University of California, Berkeley), David Bebbington (University of Stirling), Philip Jenkins (Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion), Laura Knoppers (Penn State University), Alister E. McGrath (Kings College, London), Mark Noll (University of Notre Dame), Lamin Sanneh (Yale University), N.T. Wright … [Read more...]

Book Recommendation: Getting the Reformation Wrong: Correcting Some Misunderstandings by James R. Payton, Jr.

Published by InterVarsity Press, I picked this book up at the IVP book table 10 days ago while I was in Atlanta at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. It's a terrific read. The author is a Protestant historian who is a professor at Redeemer University College in Ontario, Canada. He offers a compelling  account of the Reformation, the history leading up to it, its chief architects, the Catholic Church's response, and the disputes and disagreements between the different … [Read more...]

Thankfully, for America’s megachurches Christmas does not fall on a Sunday this year

Derek at Stand to Reason brought to his reader's attention this jaw-dropping 2005 New York TImes article, "When Christmas Falls on Sunday, Megachurches Take the Day Off."  Reminded me of that line in an old Keith Green song, "Jesus rose from the grave. And you, you can't even get out of bed." … [Read more...]

Aquinas, Justification, and Evangelicals

I'm writing from the 62nd annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Atlanta, Georgia. This morning I presented one of the two papers I am slated to deliver at the meeting. The paper, "Doting Thomists: Evangelicals, Thomas Aquinas, and Justification," was well-received. The room, which fit about 100, was standing room only. I brought 50 copies of the paper, and they were snapped up quickly. What a delight it is to be here with so many of my Evangelical friends.  Because I have … [Read more...]

Confessions of An Evangelical Catholic

St. Joseph's Communications has just released the CD, "Confessions of An Evangelical Catholic." It is an interview of me conducted by Terry Barber and Joshua Betancourt. Joshua is the co-author with Norman L. Geisler of  Is Rome the True Church?, a book in which he and Geisler critique a variety of Catholic beliefs about ecclesiology and papal authority.  Several months after the release of the book, Joshua announced his intention to seek full communion with the Catholic Church.  You can … [Read more...]

The Future

That is the title of my most recent column at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: Things are going to slide, slide in all directions Won’t be nothing Nothing you can measure anymore The blizzard, the blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold and it has overturned the order of the soul…. – Leonard Cohen (“The Future,” 1992) These amazing lyrics by Leonard Cohen came to mind after my friend, Lydia McGrew, brought to my attention a court case in the United Kingdom. It … [Read more...]


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